The recent lockdown has highlighted the flaws in many people’s current residence whether it’s been the lack of space indoors or outdoors this time has left many drawing the conclusion that its time to upsize.
The home counties are often the first place a buyer will look when moving out of London and heading for areas where they can get a bigger property whilst still being able to regularly commute into London. Houses in Hertfordshire are increasingly sought after as buyers seek places to live that offer good-value homes surrounded by countryside, a strong sense of community, excellent schools and all whilst providing great transport links.
Here we highlight some of Hertfordshire’s very best options for those considering where to buy when upsizing.
Bishop’s Stortford is ideal for those who work in the city; trains into London Liverpool Street take less than 40 minutes. The town is also located near to the M11 motorway offering easy access to London in the south and Cambridge to the north and London Stansted Airport is also nearby. Bishop’s Stortford town centre has a range of amenities including a modern shopping centre and a twice-weekly street market.
Bishop’s Stortford is one to watch in 2020; there are impressive plans and works are underway to redevelop the old station, transforming the 200 acre site to create apartments, offices, a hotel and shops and an attractive gateway into the town.
Property for sale in Bishop’s Stortford can include stunning period properties such as Victorian and Edwardian villas and semi-detached houses that can have 5 or 6 bedrooms and large gardens – perfect for those looking to upsize.
Many places in Hertfordshire and located on the London Underground network – Chorleywood is one such example being situated on the Metropolitan line, trains into London Marylebone take just 31 minutes. The Chiltern Mainline also operates from Chorleywood station.
The centre of Chorleywood is filled with local suppliers including a butcher, baker, bookshop and a newsagent along with several cafes and restaurants. The village has a strong sense of community; Chorleywood cricket club caters to both seniors and juniors and Chorleywood golf course which are both based on Chorleywood Common, 200 acres of wooded common land.
Considerable houses can be found on the outskirts of Chorleywood, many are set within their grounds, often enjoying an acre of private land surrounding the house.
For those looking to upsize Chorleywood might offer the perfect solution; large houses, good transport connections and excellent schools nearby both state and independent.
Located to the south of the Chiltern Hills, the historic village of Kings Langley is the location of many sizeable homes well suited to upsizing. The village is steeped in history, with the remains of a Roman villa having been discovered there in the 1980s.
Kings Langley is also known as the place where the Ovaltine drink was originally made, the factory site has seen significant regeneration and is now a luxury housing development, the listed factory façade remains in place.
For those who need to reach London it’s very possible to commute by rail or road from Kings Langley; from Kings Langley train station you can reach London Euston in under 30 minutes and the M25 and M1 motorways are both nearby.
The small market town of Tring can be found in a gap in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and could be the perfect choice for those upsizing and wanting immediate access to the scenic countryside.
Tring is particularly popular with families due to the excellent primary schools and the popular senior school, Tring School, the town is also within the catchment for Grammar schools at Aylesbury. Independent schools in the area include The Tring Park School for Performing Arts and the renowned Berkhamsted School. The town centre provides a range of small independent shops, restaurants and public houses.
Tring is well connected via rail and road with Tring Station offering a regular service into London Euston, the journey taking just 36 minutes. By road there are excellent connections, the A41 main road provides ready access to the M25 motorway and the wider motorway network.
Villages in Hertfordshire
Along with Chorleywood and Kings Langley there are several other villages of note in Hertfordshire that are well suited to those looking for a house in Hertfordshire with the intention of upsizing from their current residence.
Located between St Albans and Harpenden the charming small village of Wheathampstead is a popular place to live. Its high street is filled with useful small shops including a butcher, baker, pharmacy and post office.
The nearby hamlets of Gustard Wood and Blackmore End are similarly sought after places to live and also have large houses with sizeable gardens on offer; ideal for those seeking more space. Added to which these locations are surrounded by rolling, open countryside, which makes them all the more appealing if you’re looking for a more rural place to live.
This list is not exhaustive, there are many locations to consider when looking for a house in Hertfordshire. For more suggestions on the best places to live in Hertfordshire our previous blog highlights several ideal London commuter hubs for consideration.
Property finders in Hertfordshire
Are you looking to upsize from your current home but don’t want to compromise on the commute time or the amenities nearby? Hertfordshire has some excellent options, especially for those moving out of London.
There are many areas in which you can find wonderful houses in Hertfordshire. Our local property finders would be delighted to discuss your plans to move, to upsize and find a property that offers the desired space both inside and out. Please do contact us, without obligation, to talk about your property requirements and to discuss our services in greater detail.